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HISD Superintendent Billion House II is asking for additional police funding for schools unprepared for an active shooter situation

HOUSTON, TX (KTRK) — Just two weeks before schools were scheduled to start in Texas’ largest school district, the superintendent and police chief for the Houston Independent School District said schools were unprepared for an active shooter situation.

“While we study the Uvalde scenario and consider what preparations need to be made, our officials would not be prepared,” HISD Superintendent Millard House II said.

He is asking board members to approve equipment worth an estimated $100,000. This includes ammo, along with 200 rifles and 200 ballistic plate shields.

“The equipment I’m asking for is additional training to teach the officers how to breach the doors, how to use the shields and neutralize these suspects and of course save our students and our staff,” said HISD Police Commissioner Pete Lopez.

HISD currently has 202 employees. Ted Oberg of 13 Investigates spoke to Police Chief Lopez about how he feels about the security of the 280 campuses and buildings he protects.

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The chief said the district needs to improve real-world shooting scenario training and improve weapons officers.

“On campus they will have pistol quality shields and coupled with ballistic plates and body armor,” Chief Lopez said. “That should give them protection to try and stop the killing as soon as possible.”

The purchase will be voted on next week.

But at least one trustee said she wanted more quantitative research before approving anything. If you recall, the officers who responded to the Uvalde shooting also had equipment and training.

“There isn’t just one initiative that can be put forward that can magically make schools safer,” said HISD Trustee Dani Hernandez.

“The first thing that needs to happen is a conversation about HISD’s broader security plan.”

Superintendent House said several HISD schools received upgrades to fences, cameras and video storage capacity this summer.

The HISD Police Department is also in the process of auditing certain schools as part of a state plan to increase security between now and the start of the school year.

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